|Milwaukee Brewers (46-39)
|Cincinnati Reds (38-44)
|W: Claudio (2-2) L: Hernandez (2-4) S: Jeffress (1)
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The bullpen coughed up 6 runs from the 7th inning on, and that was simply too much to overcome on the night, despite two home runs by Eugenio Suarez.
Eugenio Suarez went 3-4 with 2 homers and 4 runs batted in. Jesse Winker went 2-3 with a solo home run. Joey Votto went 1-3 with a walk and he scored 2 runs. Derek Dietrich went 1-3 with a double. Phillip Ervin came on in a double switch and went 1-2 with an RBI. Jose Iglesias went 1-4 with a run scored.
The Reds scored 3 runs in the 6th inning on home runs by Winker and Suarez to take a 3-1 lead. But they were trailing 6-3 after the 7th. Another home run by Suarez made it 6-5. But the Brewers padded their lead in the top of the 9th to 8-5. The bats put together a small rally, but it only led to 1 run as their comeback fell short.
Well, Tyler Mahle pitched very well for the Cincinnati Reds tonight. He allowed 3 runs in 6+ innings, but 1 of those runs came in after he left the game. Mahle gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 batters.
But….. David Hernandez came on to relieve Mahle in the 7th inning with a runner on. That run came in, and so did 3 more in one of the most questionable managerial decisions David Bell has made all year. Hernandez was getting beaten around all inning, and had allowed 2 hits and walked back-to-back hitters, to bring in a run, before anyone else in the bullpen even started moving. Eventually Matt Bowman started warming up, but it was too little, too late. The damage had been done and it was 6-3 thanks to a 5-run 7th inning by the Brewers.
Matt Bowman did come into the game for the 8th and he struck out 2 batters in a shutout frame. Robert Stephenson then entered the game for the 9th. He allowed the 30th homer of the season to Christian Yelich that landed in the first row of the seats in left field, making it 8-5 for the Brewers.
Notes Worth Noting
This game was painful to watch after the 6th inning. Those are the notes worth noting for today. Go get ’em tomorrow.
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Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday July 2nd, 7:10pm
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